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This underrated teen-revenge horror film starring Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) was the directorial debut of Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Geoffreys plays Hoax, a picked-on nerd who lives with his religious-nut mother Lucy (the marvelous Sandy Dennis). One day Hoax calls a 976-line for a "Horrorscope," and the demonic voice at the other end starts giving him wicked advice. Before long, he has killed his brother's girlfriend with tarantulas, slashed the face of a teen tough with his newly-sprouted talons, and gutted several of his tormentors. Only a well-meaning journalist and a sexy schoolmarm can stop the now-demonic Hoax before he sends the whole neighborhood straight to Hell. Granted, the screenplay is rather confused and slow-moving, but Geoffreys and Dennis are great, the effects work by Kevin Yagher is skillful, and this is one of the few teen-horror films with characters that are actually interesting. Look for Robert Picardo (The Howling) in a fun cameo as the diabolical Mark Darke. After a brief stint as a teen star, Geoffreys went on to appear in gay porn films as "Sam Ritter."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2017
UPC: 0043396514492
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 11,461

Special Features

All-New Commentary with Director Robert Englund & Nancy Booth Englund; Alternate Home Video Version

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Geoffreys Hoax
Jim Metzler Marty Palmer
Maria Rubell Angella Martinez
Sandy Dennis Aunt Lucy
Patrick O'Bryan Spike
Paul Willson Mr. Michaels
Jim Thiebaud Rags
Gunther Jensen Airhead
Darren E. Burrows Jeff
Robert Picardo Mark Dark
Rene Assa Actor
Joe Slade John Doe
J.J. Cohen Marcus
Greg Collins Mr. Selby
Joanna Keyes Suzie's Mother
J.J. Johnston Virgil
Demetre Phillips Sgt. Bell
Don Bajema Deputy
Tom McFadden Minister
Wendy J. Cooke Gang Girl
Cynthia Szigeti Female Operator
Christopher Metas Cashier
Roxanne Rogers Waitress
Bert Hinchman Coroner
Jim Landis Paramedic #2
Ed Corbett Santa Claus
Lezlie Deane Suzie

Technical Credits
Robert Englund Director
Nancy Booth Set Decoration/Design
Tom Chase Score Composer
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
Elizabeth Gower-Grudzinski Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Hansen Producer
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Paul Hertzberg Executive Producer
Sandy McCarthy Special Effects
Kevin McCarthy Special Effects
David Brian Miller Art Director
Stephen Myers Editor
Susan Reiner Makeup
Steve Rucker Score Composer
John Michael Stewart Stunts
Rhet Topham Screenwriter
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects

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